Words: , Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs, 1709.

Music: Ernan, , 1850. Al­ter­nate tune:

  • Duke Street, at­trib­ut­ed to , 1793

The lands that long in darkness lay
Now have beheld a heav’nly light;
Nations that sat in death’s cold shade
Are blessed with beams divinely bright.

The virgin’s promised Son is born,
Behold th’expected Child appear:
What shall His names or titles be?
“The Wonderful, the Counsellor.”

This infant is the mighty God,
Come to be suckled and adored;
Th’eternal Father, Prince of Peace,
The Son of David, and his Lord.

The government of earth and seas
Upon His shoulders shall be laid;
His wide dominions still increase,
And honors to His Name be paid.

Jesus, the holy Child, shall sit
High on His father David’s throne;
Shall crush His foes beneath His feet,
And reign to ages yet unknown.